GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, November 11, the 315th day of 2014 with 50 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:29 and sunset is @ 4:25. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN:
1620 – The Pilgrims on the Mayflower anchored in Provincetown Harbor of Massachusetts and drafted and signed
the Mayflower Compact. The text of the Compact called for the establishment of a “Civil Body Politick” to enact “just and equal laws” for the governance of the first English colony in New England.
1889 – Washington became the 42nd state.
1918 – World War I (then called the Great War) came to an end with the signing of an Armistice between the Allies and Germany. In all, there were nine million soldiers dead, 21 million wounded, and seven million taken prisoner or missing in action. In addition, some six million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.
1921 – President Warren Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Tomb of the Unknowns) at Arlington National Cemetery.
1921 – The British Legion held its first Poppy Day for wounded World War I veterans.
1939 – Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” on the radio.
1940 – The Willys-Overland Company came out with a four-wheel drive vehicle for the U.S.Army, named “jeep” after GP, or “(general purpose.”
1952 – The first video recorder was demonstrated in California, by its inventors John Mullin and Wayne Johnson.
1965 – Rhodesia declared its independence from Britain.
1966 – Gemini 12 launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida, with astronauts James A. Lovell andEdwin “Buzz” Aldrin aboard.
1975 – Angola gained independence from Portugal.
1987 – An unidentified person bought Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “Irises” from the estate of Joan Whitney Payson for $53.9 million at Sotheby’s in New York.
1992 – The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests.
1993 – A bronze sculpture was dedicated in Washington, D.C. to the 11,500 U.S. women who served in the Vietnam War.
2000 – A cable car full of skiers and snowboarders caught fire in an Alpine tunnel in Austria, killing 155 people.